Website of The Week: Deadspin

Deadspin.com is the most popular – and most influential – sports blog on the Internet. Deadspin reports the news that ESPN isn’t allowed to cover. You may have heard that it broke the Brett Favre sexting story – all the way back on Aug. 4.

While ESPN won’t touch a story like Favre’s until it’s been confirmed, Deadspin will break the news and then do further investigation of its own. Favre’s alleged sext-target, Jenn Sterger, told Deadspin herself via e-mail that the “lil’ gunslinger” had sent her inappropriate picture messages. She then forwarded the photos (and voicemails), which are now online for the world to see.

If you want to release dirt on sports figures, go to Deadspin. The writers promote interactivity with their fanbase by reading and replying to most e-mails. If you want to share a sports story that is hilarious, explicit, and true, they will take you seriously. Although Deadspin reports gossip of which Perez Hilton would be proud, the writing is excellent and the staff is talented. Whether the subject is Tim Lincecum’s pitching windup or Erin Andrews’ love life, the posts are consistently informative and hysterical. Deadspin is a must-read for avid sports fans.

ESPN’s middling competitors in sports media rarely question the network’s intentions. When it comes to the stories that ESPN doesn’t want us to know, Deadspin is the best alternative news source that we have.

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